Two groundbreaking dialogues at the Vatican this week

Pope Francis talks with President Salva Kiir of South Sudan during a private audience at the Vatican March 16, 2019. The president of South Sudan and a number of officials are scheduled for a "spiritual retreat" at the Vatican in early April. (CNS photo/Paolo Galosi, pool)

This week on “Inside the Vatican,” Gerard O’Connell and I update you on Cardinal Sarah’s recent comments on migrants, which strike a different tone from what we’ve come to expect from Pope Francis. We also discuss why Francis prefers to have advisors who disagree with him on some issues.

Advertisement

Then, Gerry and I will tell you about an international human rights delegation that visited the Vatican asking for support for the decriminalization of homosexuality. It’s not clear if the Holy See will meet the delegation’s request for an official document supporting the decriminalization, but we’ll examine one case in which Pope Francis may have advocated for just that. Plus, we’ll take a look at what it means for the Vatican to begin a dialogue with this delegation.

Our final story is about an ecumenical retreat—possibly the first of its kind—being held at the Vatican this week for the opposing political and ecclesial leaders of South Sudan. We’ll talk about what’s happening at the retreat, and what impact Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, hope it will have on peace efforts in South Sudan. We wrap up the show with a discussion of why the Vatican chose to pursue what seems like a diplomatic goal through a religious retreat.

Links:

Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.

Advertisement

The latest from america

Join us throughout the Lenten season as we offer a special presentation of the Gospel, Passion and Resurrection narratives. 
Isabelle SenechalApril 05, 2020
In his Palm Sunday homily, Pope Francis noted that "Jesus says to each one of us: ‘Courage, open your heart to my love. You will feel the consolation of God who sustains you’.”
Gerard O’ConnellApril 05, 2020
This week on "Inside the Vatican," the hosts discuss how the Vatican is looking both to provide for people’s spiritual needs and to ensure justice for those on the margins of society as the coronavirus pandemic rages on.
Colleen DulleApril 04, 2020
Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, the executive director of Catholic Charities of New York, said that the needs of the homeless—for shelter, food and mental health assistance—have not changed during this time of crisis.
Ryan Di CorpoApril 03, 2020